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Today’s News - Tuesday, February 7, 2012

EDITOR'S NOTE: Early morning travel plans mean we will not be posting news tomorrow, but we'll be back Thursday, February 9.

•   The must-reads of the day: Timberg's take on architecture being the proverbial canary in the economic coal mine: "One of the coolest creative-class careers has cratered with the economy" - now what? (who didn't he talk to?).

•   Szenasy queries Horton (also quoted profusely above) re: "everything from starchitecture, to arch-speak, the recession, and unemployment" (does "The Real Architect's Handbook" out "insider secrets about the dirty side of the profession"?).

•   Eggener takes a long look at Louis Curtiss, as good as Maybeck and Goodhue, and ponders: "How and why does an architect become famous?"

•   Hough minces no words about how Olmsted holds landscape architects back: "we need to promote ourselves as innovators who are capable of solving complex contemporary problems," but "by linking our image so closely to the archaic legacy of a man best known for creating bucolic 19th-century landscapes, we look rather irrelevant in that regard."

•   Murray gets air time "talking about the shocking results of the AJ's women in architecture survey."

•   Crosbie strikes a more optimistic note with a new initiative to pair academic design studios with professional firms to "give aspiring architects a better understanding of the profession" (just be sure to set ground rules).

•   H&deM and Ai Weiwei tapped as team for the 2012 Serpentine Pavilion - with plans to dig in the dirt (no images - yet).

•   Pogrebin digs into the Eisenhower Memorial controversy "that has pitted a leading American family against one of the country's most recognized architects."

•   Meanwhile, Gehry offers his services pro bono to design a new Culver City home for the Jazz Bakery (needles to say, "on a much smaller scale" than Disney Hall).

•   Moore cheers dRMM's Festival House in Blackpool: "a rare thing - a place for civic weddings that is celebratory rather than bureaucratic."

•   Mies's Villa Tugendhat is almost ready for its close-up after years of neglect: the "tragedy was seen by how such a Modernist masterpiece could be left unloved."

•   LaBarre on a hot red children's psychiatric center in Zaragoza: it "looks like a fire house smashed into a giant EEG scan. Only louder"; the interiors are "almost sinister" (and this is for children?!!?).

•   Chaban [hearts] BIG's pulsating Valentine heart in Times Square.

•   Unconventional tours of London, led by homeless, "are not meant just to amuse, but to encourage people to reflect."

•   One we couldn't resist: women's rights campaigners want red lip-shaped urinals (designed by a woman) removed from men's room in Rolling Stones museum in Germany; says the owner: "They were damned expensive and they're staying where they are and that's final."

•   Call for entries: HOf - Horizontal Farm New Delhi International Architecture Ideas Competition.


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